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Certified
Senior System Architect
EXAM BLUEPRINT

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Document: Certified Senior System Architect (7.1)


Updated: January 19, 2015

The Pegasyste
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Program
The Pegasystems Certified Professsional Program
m has created a worldwide ccommunity of thousands of
Certifie
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articipates in the
t design and
d development of a Pega application there
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are fun
ndamental, esssential Pega sk
kills and know
wledge areas th
hat must be ap
pplied to ensu
ure success. It is
these skills
s
and know
wledge areas that form the basis
b
of the ce
ertification exa
am.
Thus, Pegasystems
P
iss committed to
o providing yo
ou the training
g, tools, and kn
nowledge that you need to
achieve
e Certification as a Senior Sy
ystem Architecct.

Path to the Se
enior System Archittect Certiffication

Abou
ut the Exa
am Blueprrint
The pu
urpose of the blueprint
b
is to provide you with
w a roadmap
p of the Senior System Arch
hitect
Certificcation exam co
ontent to allow
w you to better prepare for tthe exam.
The blu
ueprint include
es test domain
n weighting, te
est objectives, and topical co
ontent. The topics and
concep
pts are include
ed to clarify the
e test objectives.
The exam is based upon the know
wledge areas ne
ecessary for a Senior System
m Architect to be able to
particip
pate successfu
ully design and
d development of Pega appl ications.
Candid
dates are teste
ed on their:

Ab
bility to analyse
e requirementts to design an
nd create appl ication compo
onents
Ab
bility to apply key
k concepts and
a techniquess in the design
n and construcction of the co
omponents of a
mu
ulti-process ap
pplication

Ab
bility to undersstand and apply Pega application design a
and case desig
gn principles and best
pra
actices on pro
ojects

Ab
bility to addresss security/access requireme
ents in an app lication
Un
nderstanding of
o application debugging too
ols and feature
es
Un
nderstanding of
o performancce tuning and system
s
mainte
enance techniques and tools.

Prere
equisites
The suggested training prerequisittes for this cerrtification leve l are:

Ce
ertified System
m Architect
CS
SSA eLearning or Immersion (Instructor-Le
ed)

The skills and knowledge areas measured by this exam are derived directly from the content of these
courses.

Exam Test Domains


The table below lists the test domains and the extent to which they are represented as an estimated
percentage of test items.
Test Domains

% of Exam

Application Design

11.4%

Case Design

15.7%

Data Model

10%

Automating Business Policies

20%

User Experience

12.9%

User Reporting

7.1%

Integration

8.6%

Architecture

5.7%

Administration

8.6%

Total

100%

Exam Format
The exam consists of 73 multiple choice questions with three questions that are experimental items and
are not scored. You are given 90 minutes to complete the exam and the Non-Disclosure Agreement
(NDA) requirement. A passing score of 70% is needed to be recognized as a Pega Certified Senior System
Architect.

Question Format
The examinee selects from one or more response options to answer a question. A response is
considered correct when it accurately completes the statement or answers the question. Distracters or
incorrect answers are plausible response options that examinees with incomplete knowledge are likely
to choose.
Test item formats used in this examination are:

Multiple Choice Select one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.
Multiple Responses Select more than one option that best answers the question or completes a
statement. The text states how many options are correct, such as Choose two.

Sample Directions Read the statement or question. From the response options, select the
option(s) that represent the most correct or best answer(s) given the information provided.

True/False Read the statement or question. Select either true or false as the answer.

Test Topics
Application Design

Application Express
Rulesets

Ruleset Versioning

Branch Rulesets

Rule Resolution

Rule Availability

Enterprise Class Structure

Enterprise Class Structure Best Practices

Enterprise Class Structure Layers (Framework, Implementation)

Reusability and Specialization

Importance of Rule Specialization and Reuse

Rulesets and Rule Specialization

Case Design

Case management
Case Lifecycle management

Case Stage configurations

Configuring steps in each case stage

Case Hierarchy

Case and subcase relationships

Case Instantiation

Data Propagation

Locking

Process Flow Modelling

Flow Shapes

Screen Flows

Flow Configuration

Work Status

Work Parties

Data Model

Property Definitions

Property Modes

Auto-Populate

Data Pages

Property Types

Data Page Sourcing

Data Page Refresh strategy

Date Page structure

Referencing Data Page

Data Modelling

Automating Business Policies

Declarative Rules
Declarative Expressions

Forward Chaining

Backward Chaining

Decisioning Rules

Decision Tables

Decision Trees

Map Values

When Rules

Delegating Decision rules to business users


Case Processing Rules

Data Transforms

Activities

Advanced Case Processing

Routing

PegaPulse

Case Attachments

Ticketing

Validation

Correspondence

User Experience

UI Theory

UI Best Practices

UI Design Decisions

UI Fundamentals

Harnesses, flow actions and sections

Dynamic Layouts

Grids

Formatting UI using Controls


Building Responsive UI
Implementing Dynamic Actions

Action sets

Event Architecture

Client-side dynamic UI

Reporting

Reporting Basics

Report definitions, Report viewer

Filtering

Exposing Data

SQL functions

Business User Reporting


Reporting Data Model
Charts
4

Integration

Connectors

Processing Model

Simulation

Services

Processing Model

Service Wizard

Unit testing

Listeners

File listeners and services

File parsing

Error Handling
External Database Integration

When to use a Connect SQL

External class mappings

Architecture

Agents
Security

Access role

Application

Privilege

LDAP Authentication

Administration

System Debugging tools

Clipboard

Tracer

UI Inspector

System Management Application

Performance Analysis Tools

PAL (Performance Analyzer)

Log Usage

Guardrail Reports

System Logging

Accessing and reading logs

Purge and Archive wizard


Application Migration

Application Packaging wizard

Rule-Admin-Product

Export Gadget

Import wizard